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Sweeping mental health reforms in NSW announced after Miriam Merten’s death

By Nour Haydar, ABC News, 11 May 2018
Man hands pressing the text stop abuse.Mental health units and emergency departments across New South Wales will have 24-hour supervision under a government plan to improve psychiatric care and address damning findings of a review into the sector.

Tougher targets, mandatory public reporting of seclusion and restraint rates and further training of front-line staff will also be introduced as part of the Government’s response.

The State Government ordered an inquiry into the use of seclusion and restraints last year after shocking details about the death of Lismore woman Miriam Merten were made public.

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